Media Interviews and Appearances: Print
“The Gods Must Be Crazy,” Black + White Magazine
ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, American academic Sam Harris watched repeatedly as a pair of hijacked jet airliners slammed one after the other into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. As the plane’s payload of high-octane fuel weakened the very foundations of the two buildings, Harris realised that on a metaphorical level the forces of religious extremism were having much the same effect on the defining power of reason and rational thought in our society.
— Black + White Magazine - May, 2005
“God Wrote a Book,” Shambhala Sun
By Melvin McLeod interviews Sam Harris
Sam Harris is a blunt instrument. His recent bestseller, The End of Faith, has been celebrated—and condemned—as a frontal assault on religion. But to be fair to his argument, he defines “religion” narrowly—as the faith that a certain old text or doctrine is the complete and immutable truth—and by most people’s definition he is a religious man himself, arguing in favor of a contemplative path.
Faith no more
“A radical attack on the most sacred of liberal precepts—the notion of tolerance… [The End of Faith] is an eminently sensible rallying cry for a more ruthless secularisation of society.”
4 books that examine the place of faith in public life
By James McManus
James McManus, author of “Going to the Sun” and “Positively Fifth Street,” is completing “Physical: Being the Last-Minute Notes of a Mortal American.”
The Never-ending Question of Faith
By Susan Jacoby
Susan Jacoby is the author of “Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism” and director of the New York office of the Center for Inquiry.
By Natalie Angier
“The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated, almost personally understood… Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say in contemporary America… This is an important book, on a topic that, for all its inherent difficulty and divisiveness, should not be shielded from the crucible of human reason.”
Channeling Bertrand Russell
By John Derbyshire
There is a certain kind of atheist—we have all met him—who is not merely indifferent to organized religion, or puzzled by it, or scornful of it, but who is inflamed to purple rage by the contemplation of it. My own father was of this kidney. He would open conversations with perfect strangers by saying: “Isn’t it obvious that all the world’s problems are caused by religion?” At Eastertime, when the TV news showed a clip of the Pope blessing the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Dad would rise from his armchair and actually shake his fist at the screen, growling: “You bloody fools!” You read about people shaking their fists, but you don’t often see it. Well, I have seen it.
Reason and Religion
By Sam Harris
“This book will strike a chord with anyone who has ever pondered the irrationality of religious faith… Even Mr. Harris’s critics will have to concede the force of an analysis which roams so far and wide, from the persecution of the Cathars to the composition of George Bush’s cabinet.”
A fear of the faithful who mean exactly what they believe
By Sam Harris
“[Harris] writes with such verve and frequent insight that even skeptical readers will find it hard to put down.”
He didn’t suffer all that much
Is there an irreconcilable conflict between science and religion? Today’s outspoken atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, seek to set science and religion at odds largely by invoking the Galileo case.